LETTERS: Staying healthy not elitist


The so-called ‘quiet period’ posted at the White Rock train tracks has been reasonably effective for the past 25 years.


The so-called ‘quiet period’ posted at the White Rock train tracks from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. has been reasonably effective, at least for us, for the past 25 years.

Unfortunately, the tragic death of an inattentive jogger at East Beach nearly three years ago has created a living nightly hell for many of us.

With the advent of shipping U.S. thermal coal to Deltaport for China, the nightly train horns have been extremely disruptive to our sleep, with horns starting at 6 a.m.

Note that Oregon and Washington residents also are fighting against these coal shipments and the building of any coal-shipping ports in their states. They can’t all be elites living close to the BNSF tracks who, God forbid, didn’t notice the tracks before moving to the area.

Remember that several Lower Mainland cities fought the planned new coal trans-shipment terminal on the Fraser River to China. One reason they are doing this is for health reasons: primarily coal pollution but noise pollution may be included. It has been proven that noise and lack of sleep affects one’s health and is the reason some airports in Europe prevent plane departures after 11 p.m.

We find it appalling that some recent (Sound views strike discord, May 13 letters) and earlier letter writers lack empathy for people who are negatively affected by sleep-disrupting train horns.

In the past, some have even waxed enthusiastic about the sound of train horns – especially when they aren’t in their face. That’s their right, but don’t call the rest of us elites and chastise us for moving to White Rock without foreseeing that 25 years later we would have our sleep disrupted multiple times a night.

In addition, it is galling to have minimal economic benefits to Canada as well as increased pollution here and in China, which contributes to global warming.

Furthermore, we do understand that some of the letter writers who don’t care about others with extremely disrupted sleep is because they are concerned that the BNSF tracks would be moved close to them. Believe us, this is not going to happen soon – if ever – and certainly not because of the train horns blasting us out of sleep every two hours.

If it happens, it will be caused by fears of a train derailment with subsequent spillage of toxic materials like chlorine gas killing many people.

We hope the City of White Rock can work with BNSF and the Canadian Rail Safety Agency to find a cost-effective solution to this divisive horn-blasting problem.

W. & P. Millar, White Rock



Just Posted

Bucketheads – A Star Wars Story is being filmed near the 19000-block of 16 Avenue in South Surrey. (Mychaylo Prystupa photos)
Star Wars fan film ‘Bucketheads,’ shot in South Surrey, makes its debut

Volunteer initiative features new LED screen technology

Darlene Bennett, right, speaking about her murdered husband Paul at a press conference in 2018. (File photo: Tom Zytaruk)
Widow of Surrey murder victim seeking referendum vote on policing transition

Darlene Bennett files application with Elections BC seeking binding referendum vote

Canada’s Janet Leung steals second base during playoff action at the Softball Americas Olympic Qualifier tournament in South Surrey on August 31, 2019. Leung and her teammates have not been back to Softball City since, as the 2020 and now ‘21 Canada Cup tournaments have been cancelled. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck photo)
Canada Cup softball event cancelled for second straight year

Travel restrictions, health and safety concerns cited as reasons for cancellation

Surrey RCMP say the gang enforcement team has seized a partial brick of suspected cocaine on May 9, 2021 in the area of 108th Avenue and 152nd Street as part of ongoing targeted gang enforcement in the city. In addition to the suspected cocaine, police say officers also seized the vehicle, multiple cell phones, $160 in cash and a knife.
Surrey RCMP seize ‘partial brick’ of suspected cocaine

Police say when packaged for street-level sale, that’s equal to 1,225 doses or ‘25 busloads of people’

B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains in the B.C. legislature, May 13, 2019. (Hansard TV)
VIDEO: B.C. to provide 3 days of sick pay for COVID-19 absences

Province will support employers on cost, labour minister says

Adam Hamdan has been living in Christina Lake since November 2020. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Man acquitted on terrorist charges given temporary residence in Canada

Adam Hamdan had been facing deportation to Jordan, where he holds citizenship through his Palestinian parents

Transit Police Const. Peter Kwok was filmed in December during an encounter on the Canada Line when a woman refused to wear a mask. (Screen grab)
VIDEO: Woman who went viral by refusing to wear a mask on SkyTrain to pay $460 in fines

Footage of the December incident was recorded by the passenger, herself, and posted to social media

Lumber is shown in the back of a van in this recent image provided by the Saskatoon Police Service. The skyrocketing prices for lumber is fuelling a trend that has authorities across the country warning builders to keep their guard up. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Saskatoon Police Service-Const. Derek Chesney *MANDATORY CREDIT*
‘It is a gold mine:’ Builders warned of rising lumber thefts across Canada

Many North American mills curtailed production temporarily earlier in 2020 because of COVID lockdowns

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

David and Julie Kaplan with their children Estelle and Justin. (Special to The News)
BC family whose move was stopped by COVID border closure back on the road

Maple Ridge’s Kaplan family will arrive at their new home in Nova Scotia on Wednesday

RCMP. (Black Press File)
Major Crimes called in after 2 bodies discovered on remote road near Penticton

A manhunt involving a police helicopter took place on May 10

Boats in the Fraser River launched from Barrowtown and Ft. Langley on May 12 to search for the missing fisherman. (Steve Simpson)
Boats search the Fraser River for missing Abbotsford fisherman

Anyone with ‘a boat, time, or a drone’ to help bring Damian Dutrisac home was asked to help

Vancouver court on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Defence lawyers call foul as Crown counsel granted access to COVID-19 vaccines

Defence attorneys are pushing the province to extend inoculation access to workers in courtrooms across B.C.

Most Read